?LCHE?A resource for a healthy Louisiana
Many Louisiana residents are struggling financially and many are without health insurance. Despite high per capita public health funding, Louisiana ranks 49th in the United States according to the 2010 America?s Health Rankings, challenges include the following:

  • High prevalence of obesity at 33.9 percent of the population,
  • Low high school graduation rate with 61.3 percent of incoming ninth graders who graduate within four years,
  • High incidence of infectious disease at 23.8 cases per 100,000 population,
  • High rate of preventable hospitalizations with 97.3 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees,
  • High infant mortality rate at 9.5 deaths per 1,000 live births and
  • High rates of cancer at 220.1 deaths per 100,000 population, and
  • High rates of cardiovascular deaths at 334.8 deaths per 100,000 population.

Additionally, the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the state varies by race and ethnicity with higher rates among African Americans. To view the full report click here http://www.americashealthrankings.org/yearcompare/2009/2010/LA.aspx

The National Institute of Health defines disparities as the difference in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of disease and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those most vulnerable to health disparities include racial and ethnic minorities. Other populations may be vulnerable based on disability status, age, and risk status related to sex and gender, socio-economic status, and other social characteristics.

Health equity is the response to health disparities. It is the opportunity for all people to attain their full health potential in spite of their social circumstances.

As we have charted our course and set our goals to reach out to those who face significant barriers to better health the LCHE timely mission has resounding relevance. Through our collective commitment, we can be the lifeline providing health education and information to local communities, organizations and groups, policymakers, and others. Join LCHE in transforming lives ? community by community.